Research Year

  • William K. Crockatt, MD

    Residency Class of 2026

    Medical School: Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine
    Undergraduate: Dartmouth College

    Why did you choose Columbia Orthopedics?

    The people! One of my closest faculty mentors, Dr. Kate Nellans, completed her residency training at Columbia and always spoke highly of her time here. From the moment I started my away rotation at Columbia, I recognized the camaraderie and collegiality of the residents and instantly felt like a member of the team. I also appreciated the mentorship and dedication to resident education from each of the faculty members, and I knew that this was the place I wanted to train. I am excited to work with the world class faculty across each of the orthopedic subspecialties, explore the endless opportunities for research, and have the chance to live and work in NYC for the next six years as part of Columbia Orthopedics!

    What is your favorite bone?


    What's the best place you have traveled?

    Santorini, Greece

    Where are you from?

    Purdys, NY

    Favorite restaurant in NYC?

    Yuca Bar

    Favorite activity outside of work?

    Trying new breweries around NYC, cooking/baking, bowling

    Dream concert (even if band not together or alive)?


    Best playlist for the OR?

    2000s Alternative

    Favorite night float snack?

    Doritos Cool Ranch

    What is your spirit animal?

    Golden Retriever

    Portrait of Dr. William Crockatt

About the Six-Year Research Track

The Columbia Orthopedic residency 6-year research track is designed for one resident per year to explore their research passion – whether that involves basic science, translational, or clinical research – under the mentorship of Professor Stavros Thomopoulos, PhD, director of the Carroll Laboratories for Orthopedic Surgery. The Carroll Labs include world-class scientists and resources, funded by multiple NIH R01 grants, with facilities for biomechanics, advanced imaging, molecular biology, cell and tissue culture, histology, animal and microsurgery, and cadaveric testing.

The laboratories focus on a wide range of clinical problems, including musculoskeletal soft tissue regeneration, the development and pathophysiology of the rotator cuff, intervertebral disc degeneration, joint biomechanics, and various animal models of injury and disease. The lab also collaborates with professors and physicians in the departments of Biomedical Engineering, Rehabilitation Medicine, Radiology, Microbiology, and Pathology. The 6-year research resident will be asked to choose a focus in one of the clinical sub-specialties and an additional mentor will work closely with you throughout the research year.